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Weed and Grass Killers: Roundup vs Generic Glyphosate
Glyphosate is a non-selective chemical herbicide that is a very useful weed control around homes and in landscape beds.
Non-selective means it will kill weeds, grass, or just about any vegetation that is sprayed with it. Glyphosate is only absorbed by plants through foliage or green bark, it does not move through the soil or absorbed by soil roots.
It is used to kill weeds in and around fences, trees, driveways, flower beds, walkways, shrubs, weedy lawns to prepare for renovations and garden preparations. Just be careful not to spray your valuable plants when spraying it in ornamental beds.
Monsanto's Roundup is the original brand of glyphosate. The patent held by Monsanto expired - I think in 2003 - and since then several companies have produced generic brands of Roundup. These generic brands are cheaper and work just as good. The past couple of years I have used Gordon's Pronto® Big N' Tuf (41% Glyphosate), its pretty much the same as the original Roundup and kills weeds just as dead; however, a gallon of concentrate Big N' Tuf costs $25 compared to $100 that a gallon Roundup brand 41% costs. The generic brands work the same!
Kill weeds down to the roots and save some cash! Everyone has a farm and garden store like Tractor Supply, Southern States, Big R or a local farm cooperative nearby. These stores will carry the Roundup brand or generic brands. Just be sure you are getting a product with at least 41% glyphosate when shopping for a weed killer deal.
One gallon of 41% glyphosate will go a long way, I usually mix 2.5 oz per gallon of water (this is just under 2% and works great even on hard to kill weeds).
I just did a quick online search for glyphosate at Farm & Garden stores, here are some of the brands that I found:
- Pronto® Big N' Tuf
- Ranger Pro with 41% Glyphosate
- Imitator® Plus
- Bonide KleenUp
- ERASER Weed and Grass Killer
- Glyphomate 41
- Southern States Grass And Weed Killer
- ZamZow's KleenUp (this product was expensive @ $60/gal.)
There are probably 100 more generic glyphosate brands on the market...
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